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State receives $22 million grant to reconstruct historic bridge on Route 66

The Oklahoman

By RANDY ELLIS

September 12, 2020


The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Oklahoma a $22 million grant to help reconstruct the historic Bridgeport Bridge on US-281/Route 66, members of Oklahoma's Congressional delegation announced Friday.

Built in 1933, the two-lane bridge spans the Canadian River and links Caddo and Canadian counties. The 3,944-foot bridge, known for its distinct pony trusses, made a brief appearance in the 1939 film "The Grapes of Wrath."

“The investment made by the U.S. Department of Transportation to help restore and upgrade Bridgeport Bridge is welcomed news for local traffic as well as freight haulers and Route 66 tourists," said Congressman Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne. "While ensuring the urgently needed safety improvements are made, the Bridgeport Bridge project will safeguard the historical elements of the bridge — including the iconic pony truss spans and parts of the original Route 66 pavement."


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